Indiana rode the hot hand of sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell Sunday afternoon and defeated the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines, 63-52, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Ferrell led all scorers with 27 points as Indiana (14-9, 4-5) ended Michigan’s 10-game winning streak.
The Wolverines (16-5, 8-1) were hardly in the game, starting off slowly and never really getting in sink. U-M, which averages over 77 points per game, was held to 22 in the first half.
Seven of eight from three
It was fitting that Ferrell opened the scoring with a three-pointer, as he ended up hitting seven of eight from three-point territory.
“He’s terrific,” said Michigan head coach John Belein. “That’s as good of point guard play, he only took 10 shots, had 27 points, and ran his team, even in shot clock time he made big huge shots. A couple of them we probably could have done a little bit better job, but four or five of them and 15 points right there you can’t do anything on that. When he goes to a slow to quick move and just shoots it in from probably NBA range, it’s a pretty good shot.”
And as hot as he was beyond the ark, Michigan was equally as cold. Before Sunday’s game, Michigan’s three point shooting was just under 40%, but the Wolverines could connect on only three of 13 shots from behind the arc.
A combination of Indiana’s defense and the Wolverines’ lack of patience, created some low offensive totals, especially in the first half. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who leads U-M is scoring with an 18.5 average, was held to four points before intermission, and only six for the game.
Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson and Jordan Morgan could only manage two points a piece before halftime.
“They take their quickest player and don’t let Nik get the ball,” Beilein tried to explain. “So we’ve seen that before, but we haven’t seen when they put our primary screener with a switch guy, with [Will] Sheehey and that’s what changed a lot of things. Drawing that up in the huddle and practicing it are two different things.”
Nice effort by Morgan
Jordan Morgan was the only Wolverine consistently crashing the boards, finishing with a team high 10 rebounds. Glenn Robinson was next with four. Thanks to 6-10, 240 lb. Noah Vonleh with 12, Indiana won the rebounding battle, 31-22.
Derek Walton, Jr., last year’s Mr. Basketball in Indiana, led the Wolverines with 13 points, but was only able to dish out two assists.
Caris LeVert added 12 points, Robinson nine, while Zak Irvin came off the bench to score seven.
This was Indiana’s 16th win out of the last 17 games against Michigan at Assembly Hall.
Michigan next hosts Nebraska (11-9, 3-5) at Crisler Center Wednesday (Feb. 5), while Indiana travels to Minneapolis Saturday (Feb. 8).♦
Big Ten Standings
Standings courtesy ESPN.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer